AT THE PARTY AT POPPY’S PLACE

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Gert bumped along in the tree on the shoulder of  the Strong Man and more and more people joined the line. The funny little fella with the pointed hat danced and yelled the whole way and the Strong Man grunted and groaned and sweated so much that Gert thought  she might drown in perspiration.  As soon as he bent down and put the tree on the ground Gert jumped off and ran as fast as she can.  She knew that she had better hide for a while and work things out.

Now Gert had never seen a house and she had never seen anyone wearing anything more than a gumnut hat so she was pretty excited to see so many new things.

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IN THE BUSH

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The Gumnut children live in the Triflora Bush.

There are no bears living in the Triflora Bush.

Well, usually there are no bears living in the Bush but the Children had heard about Irene and Jarvis and they were rather frightened.

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The children hid behind leaves and they hid behind branches and they hid inside flowers. They were looking out for Irene who could eat them in one little bite.

Snip! Snap!

Unfortunately, the tree where Gert Gumnut was hiding, suddenly lifted right out of the ground. It gave Gert quite a shock.

At first, she thought it was Irene but Irene would have been singing and Gert had not heard a thing.

She looked out through the leaves and saw the biggest strongest man she had ever seen. He had the whole tree on his shoulders. Next to him a funny little fella with a pointy hat was leaping up and down and taking and talking.

Come on. Come on. We need the wood for the fire for the Party. Hurry up! Hurry Up !

Gert tried to call out but noone heard her. She rustled the tree but noone noticed. In the end , she decided to hang on and enjoy herself. It looked like she was going to a party.

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The funny little fella kept calling out and all sorts of people started to follow the Strong Man and the Tree. They were following Gert Gumnut as well – but she was the only one who knew that.

Gert was a little Gumnut from the Triflora Bush and she had never seen such strange people wearing such strange clothes before.

Wow! This could be one funny party !

BEARS

 

TRIFLORA is well known for its bears. They like it down there. There are plenty of trees and forests and a Bear is welcome to build any kind of home it wants to.

Most of the bears in Triflora are charming.

Most of the bears in Triflora are friendly and VERY well educated. They just love learning.

BUT – every now and then, a Triflora bear goes completely NUTS.  It’s a very frightening thing when a Bear goes Nuts. It usually means that they have been eating the Honey of the Red-Bellied Black Bees who have their hives at the entrance to the dark place where trouble is living.

Sometimes they can be helped and then they become almost normal again.

JARVIS BEAR IN THE UNBEARABLE FOREST.

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Sometimes they simply have to be put into the Unbearable Forest and allowed to do whatever it is that a bear does when it goes nuts. The Unbearable Forest has an invisible fence around it so that noone can accidentally walk into the Crazy Bears and the Bears cannot get out. The Triflora Bears made the fence invisible so that the Bears who had gone Nuts didn’t even know they were locked in. Things were hard enough for them without their feeling like they were locked up.

IRENE BEAR.

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Just this week, Irene Bear totally lost the plot. Irene is well known for her beautiful clothes and wonderful singing voice. It seems that her voice was croaky one day and then croaky the next day and she could hardly sing at all.

It really wasn’t a good enough reason to try the Honey of the Red-Bellied Black Bees but that’s what Irene did. She wanted to sing and off she went, right to the edge of Trouble and ate far too much sweet honey.

Well – she’s now running wild down near Trouble. No Bear has even been able to catch her or trick her into the Unbearable Forest. She is not singing AT ALL. Just growling and dribbling blood because she did something no Triflora Bear would ever do. She is killing things and eating them. It NEVER pays to play at the edge of Trouble.

We might need to look for some real help before she does anything else.

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When things get as bad as they are for Irene and Jarvis, the time has come to send the Messengers off to get some bigtime help.

Eastward of the Sun and Westward of the Moon – that’s where Kris, the white bear and Luciana live. If there is any way to help Irene and Jarvis, these two will know what it is.

In the meantime – do NOT go walking in the Forests or Bush and make sure you are safe when you go to sleep. Jarvis is safely behind the fence for now but Irene is still wandering around and she is not at all herself.

The only thing left about Irene is her singing voice. She ate so much honey that she is singing sweeter than ever – but don’t get tricked. She will eat you JUST LIKE THAT !

ONE DAFFY DAY

Life in Triflora is always a little unusual to people from the World Up Top.

Today it was a lot more than UNUSUAL. It was completely DAFFY. Big_eyed_toucan

When things go DAFFY, then everything is rather crazy.

People don’t say or do what they usually say or do. 

When things go DAFFY, the sky is the wrong colour and the grass grows shorter instead of longer.

When things go DAFFY, people tell VERY silly jokes and then they laugh and laugh even though the jokes are NOT funny.

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Skinny Skunk spread perfume all day instead of her usual terrible smell. She followed the Mad Monk all over the place and people wondered why he smelt so sweet. Mad Monk kept knocking on doors and asking everyone about Flamingoes.

Do flamingoes have fluffy pink bits ? ”

He would not tell anyone why he wanted to know. Just kept asking about the flamingoes.

As soon as Poppy heard about thecarrot_family_blinking_md_wht Daffy people, she called Jenny Wren because she knew they would need  a Healer to fix people up.  Even the Carrot family was acting Daffy. They were just standing  in the garden. Not one bit of them was in the dirt. They just stood there. 

Hmm – said Poppy –  I need to find out what has made them all so daffy today.

Hmmm- said Jenny Wren –  I need to find a way to stop them being so daffy.

Round about then Nana and her Friends came flying in. They are extremely old and they know most things about most things.

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When Nana and ALL her friends get together, then there is Magic spilling out all over the place. That seems to be what happened today.

Oh Whoops !  said Nana.

Oh Whoops! said all her friends.

SORRY. Sorry. sorry. So sorry.  They will all be OK in a little while. WE had a picnic and forgot all about the magic spilling out.

So – that’s what caused the Daffy Day. Just a few old friends having a picnic with a bit of magic left over. All the Daffy people are asleep now. Let’s see how they feel in the morning!

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SAFFRON’s EDUCATION IN TRIFLORA.

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Saffron was going to go to school in the World Up Top.

She went once and she liked it.

She went one more time and she still quite liked it.

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That was the day that she decided to show Triflora to her Mumma.  Mumma didn’t know that Nana already lived down there. Saffron said to her mother;  Let’s have a picnic down the back of our place. So, they went down near the wallabies to have their picnic. Nana was on the other side of the Fairy Doorway, ready to whisper Triflora.

Whisper this word, Mumma. said Saffron. TRIFLORA. 

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Boy, was Mumma surprised ? Her molecules whirled and swirled and there they were in the wonderful world of Triflora.  Now Saffron goes to school down in the Secret Garden.

Nana is happy about that.

Mumma is happy about that.

Saffron is happy about that.  She is learning heaps of things in Triflora and has friends of all kinds. One day, Mrs Cockatoo taught them all to dance. None of them wore any clothes – just hats.

bigbookofnursery00jerr_0008 (1)Saffron Lola learned to sew with a needle and some silk. Poppy taught her how to do that. They sat on red cushion with golden tassels and they ate jelly with berries from the Forest. NOT from the Disenchanted Forest near the Witches’ Home.

The Berries came from the Forest between Poppy’s Place and the Dragon Caverns . Its called the Musical Forest and Lilli Pilli lives there in her cottage. Everything that grows in the Musical Forest is especially delicious and nourishing. 

Triflora grows the very best food and has the very best water.  Saffron grows crocus flowers. She is very little but she is the ONLY one who can grow a Crocus as beautiful as she can.

 

Sometimes, Saffron helps Pearl on the farm. Pearl has a DVD about the World Up Top.

Saffron and Mumma could hardly believe it was true. People locked up the animals and built cages and factories and it was horrible!  That does NOT happen in Triflora. Every week Pearl and Poppy give great big boxes of food to anyone in Triflora who wants some.  Everybody helps out and Wednesdays are very happy days indeed!

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Pearl lives in a windmill on the Farm. Saffy loves to visit her. She has geese nearly as big as Saffron and somehow, the weather is always JUST RIGHT for whatever it is that Pearl is doing.

It rains when she needs rain.

The sun  shines when she needs sunshine.

The wind blows when needs the Wind.

And the windmill turns and turns, very gently. Pearl’s Mill is pretty close to Poppy’s Place and a lot of Yaaning goes on in those two places.

 

 

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Mumma was rather shocked when she discovered all the things Saffron was doing while Mumma and Dadda thought she was sleeping.

They didn’t know that she sat on the moon and jumped right off it.

They didn’t know that she played with the Rose’s Dragons and worked in Poppy’s shop.

They didn’t know that Nana and Izzy knew all about it !

They didn’t know that she sewed with a sharp needle and danced around without any clothes on at all.

BUT THEY DID KNOW THAT SHE WAS VERY HAPPY.

Mumma is very happy as well because now she can come and go to Triflora whenever she wants and when she is down there she has special powers.

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SPECIAL POWERS:   NOONE AND NOTHING CAN LIE WHEN THEY TALK TO HER.

BEST QUALITY:  SHE SHINES A MAGIC LIGHT.

WORST HABIT:  SHE CAN BE A LITTLE BIT TRICKY.

WHERE SHE LIVES: SHE LIVES IN THE DARKEST, MOST DANGEROUS PART OF THE GARDEN.

JOB IN THE GARDEN: TO BRING LIGHT TO THE DARK CORNERS OF THE GARDEN.

 

MORE TRIFLORA NEWS

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To all the Big Ships sailing on the Perfumed Sea.

Don’t forget that the Leaf and Seed Ships are on the water too and they are MUCH smaller than you are.

Please keep your eyes open and take good care of the little ones.

 

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To the TRIFLORA CHOIR.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday Night at half past seven at Poppy’s Place.

We will be singing the song called:

THE OLD MAN IN LEATHER.

Bring your best singing voice with you.

 

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Old Donna Dee is out and about again. She was at Poppy’s Place this morning and she was just as cranky as ever. Poppy was very pleased to see her because she knows that Old Donna Dee is not really nasty. She just aches in her back and is very old. That’s why she gets cranky. She is 522 years old now and just wants someplace comfortable to sit.

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THE MUSIC

WE have a visitor in the Garden. He has come from the World Up Top to stay for a little while. He has an instrument with only one string.

Remember that if the MUSIC ever stops, then something terrible will happen. 

We are always happy to have a Musical Visitor to keep the Terrible Things quiet and this Visitor walks around of an evening and plays outside all the walls of Triflora. 

 

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The IMPCHKINS have had enough of Brian Bear.

BEARS AND HONEY.

Brian Bear and Fred Fox are in a bit of trouble. Brian has been back in the Impchkins’ Forest again and gobbling up their honey as fast as he can.

The Impchkins have asked him not to gobble the honey.

The Impchkins have told Nana and Poppy about it.

But Brian smells that honey and just plain goes crazy.

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We have come to help fight the trouble !

Gloriana and the Turtle Army.

( I think that one day we will need the Turtle Army.)

TURTLE ARMY.

Gloriana was laughing when she came into Poppy’s Place yesterday. She had been down at the edge of the Perfumed Sea collecting shells when out of the water came hundreds and hundred of turtles.  She was very surprised and asked them what they were doing.

The first turtle told her that they were the Turtle Army. They had come to help fight the Trouble that was starting when Nana and Izzy were away at the Purple Haze Retirement Village.

The Turtle Army moved so slowly that by the time they reached the beach, Nana and Izzy had already been back for weeks and weeks and Trouble was back in hiding.

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HAS ANYONE SEEN MOTHER RABBIT ?

Mother said she was going out for a little while and told Baby Rabbit to wait in the nest for her but she hasn’t come home yet.

Has anyone seen her ?

FAIRY GATHERING.

FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT.

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THE BABY IN THE BASKET

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If you read the TRIFLORA NEWS this week, then you know about the man throwing the basket off the stone bridge.

We found out just last night that there was a baby in the basket but NOT an ordinary baby – a Seashellian baby.

All week, we thought the Man was up to something strange and if we had known that it was a baby he had thrown off the bridge – well – it would have been a very bad thing indeed. Now that Baby Jacques is living with Nerissa,we have asked him a question or two but he is still very little and can’t talk very much so we do not know the whole story yet.

We do know that he can breathe on land AND underwater just like Nerissa.

We do know that he has little gills up near his ears.

We don’t know who the man was.

We don’t know why the man threw him off the stone bridge in his basket.

One thing we DO know is that Baby Jacques laughs a lot and is a rascal. He runs and swims and plays tricks. We call him B.J. Baby Jacques.

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Nerissa and B.J. have been out swimming. They found the basket at the bottom of the river and inside was a waterproof note. Here is the note that was in B.J.’s basket.

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Now, we have three mysteries.

1. Who were B.J.’s parents ?

2.Who are Oster and Aci ?

3. Who is B.J’s sister and where is she now ?